Branch Library Specialist

Boulder Public Library

George Reynolds Branch Library

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled


$17.16 to $27.45 per Hour   Calculate


Boulder, CO





Minimum Education

Bachelor's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience

Not Required

Type of Library


This job is more than 3 weeks old or the application deadline has passed.

Job Description



DATE: 08/2017

POSITION TITLE: Branch Library Specialist


DEPARTMENT/DIVISION: George Reynolds Branch Library

Overall Job Objective

The Branch Specialist is an enthusiastic, creative, and technologically savvy individual who is

passionate about providing library service to a diverse community. The Specialist thrives on

performing dynamic storytimes for a wide range of ages. The ideal candidate has musical talents

and uses them to transform storytimes into a musical experience. The ideal candidate is

comfortable with public performance and can belt out a rousing tune. The Specialist is more than

willing to put on work gloves to weed the collection or the learning garden. The Specialist

enjoys working with a fast-paced, congenial team that has a forward-facing approach to customer



Under the general supervision of the Branch Manager:

Demonstrates service excellence by achieving remarkable and proactive customer service.

Communicates effectively about issues, programs, and initiatives with customers, staff, and


Plans, schedules, promotes, and executes high quality storytimes with an emphasis on play and

music. Creates informative and visually pleasing displays and program promotions.

Applies technologic skills to all aspects of the job including email, internet, databases,

publishing, display, social media and other software. Assists patrons in all manner of technical


Maintains a collection that is relevant and visually pleasing in all formats and for all age levels.

Stays up to date on book publishing in order to provide excellent reader’s advisory.

Monitors patron activity to ensure compliance with library rules of conduct in an urban


May act as the Person in Charge in the absence of the Manager.

Generally, duties and responsibilities are listed from most to least critical or time consuming.


• Performs related duties as required to meet the needs of the city.

• Takes proper safety precautions to prevent accidents. Responsible for the

safety of self, others, materials, and equipment. Uses all required safety

equipment and follows all safety regulations, policies and procedures.

Reports all accidents and damage to city property.

• Responsible for knowing and complying with all city and department policies;

participating in professional trainings and development; and adhering to

attendance and workplace attire policies.

The above responsibilities and descriptions are illustrative only. They are not meant to

be all inclusive.


The City of Boulder is committed to service excellence for an inspired future and the following


• Customer service - We are dedicated to exceeding the expectations of our community

and our co-workers by demonstrating consistent and professional service with a solutionoriented approach

• Respect - We champion diversity and welcome individual perspectives, backgrounds and

opinions. We are open-minded and treat all individuals with respect and dignity.

• Integrity - We are stewards of the public’s trust and are committed to service that is

transparent and consistent with city regulations and policies. We are honorable, follow

through on our commitments and accept responsibility.

• Collaboration - We are committed to organizational success and celebrate our shared

dedication to public service. We believe community collaboration and the sum of our

individual contributions leads to great results.

• Innovation - We promote a forward-thinking environment that supports creativity,

calculated risks and continuous improvement. We embrace change and learn from others in

order to deliver leading edge service.

The City of Boulder is a smoke and tobacco-free workplace.


(1) TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Branch Manager or Assistant Branch Manager



Bachelor’s degree and at least two years previous library experience. Or an equivalent

combination of education and/or experience. Interest, desire, and ability to communicate

courteously and effectively with and provide services to others, including the public, both in

person and by telephone. Excellent interpersonal skills. Willingness to take direction and learn

a variety of tasks. Good organizational skills. Well-developed keyboard skills. Familiarity with

personal computers and appropriate software. Experience with data entry or electronic

systems. Ability to work under minimal supervision. Willingness and flexibility to work a

schedule that may include evenings and weekends. Have and maintain acceptable background

information, including criminal conviction history.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS – In addition to the required minimum qualifications:

Extensive customer service experience. Extensive knowledge of adult, child and family

educational and performance art opportunities in the Boulder area. Experience with scheduling,

coordinating, contracting and promoting varied programs, preferably in a library setting.

Knowledge of library collection development and automated library circulation systems.

Experience with Innovative Interfaces, Inc. automated library system. Experience with

Prospector or similar InnReach borrowing system.

WORKING CONDITIONS - Required Physical and Mental Effort, and Environmental


Physical and Mental Effort: Partially sedentary and partially standing physical work in an indoor

setting, requiring the ability to lift a maximum of 25 - 30 pounds; occasional lifting, carrying, and

walking. Sufficient manual dexterity that permits the employee to operate computer equipment

and other office equipment. Sufficient vision or other powers of observation that permits the

employee to review, evaluate and prepare a variety of written documents and materials.

Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities that permits the

employee to communicate effectively on the telephone and in person. Sufficient personal

mobility and physical reflexes, which permits the employee to move throughout the work

environment and work in an office setting. Work may include extended periods of time viewing a

computer video monitor and/ or operating a keyboard. Ability to work under stress from

demanding deadlines, public contact, and changing priorities and conditions.

Work Environment: Works primarily in an indoor office environment. Works in a setting subject to

continuous interruptions and background noises.

Machine and equipment used in work include but are not limited to the following: Frequently uses

standard office equipment including personal computers, calculators, VCR/DVD player, video

projector, telephone, copy machines, barcode and computer printers, eBook readers, digital

cameras, and various audio-visual equipment.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified

individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Note: The above description is illustrative only. It is not meant to be all-inclusive.

I understand that nothing in this position description restricts the city’s right to assign or

reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. I also understand that this position

description reflects the city’s assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe nor restrict

the tasks that may be assigned. I further understand that this position description may be

subject to change at any time.

I have reviewed this document and discussed its contents with my supervisor and I fully

understand the nature and purpose of this position description and its related duties.

HR Info

The City of Boulder provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

Posted Dec 18, 2019